€500 million EC initiative to strengthen European competitiveness & research

European researchers and scientists alike can expect to benefit from the €500 million initiative that the Commission has recently launched. The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) will enable researchers in 20 European countries to use super fast computers to make up to 1000 trillion calculations per second for their research projects. Scientists will be able to avail of this PRACE initiative from 1st August onwards, when Germany will provide ‘Jugene' the first supercomputer to be available to all researchers.

By 2015 even more supercomputers will be available in Germany, France, Italy and Spain for use by researchers across Europe. The Commission is providing €70 million to PRACE as it is directly linked to one of the main objectives of the Digital Agenda for Europe - to strengthen European research and competitiveness.

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